Graduate Certificate in Healthcare Administration and Planning

Graduate Certificate in Healthcare Administration & Planning


Our Graduate Certificate in Healthcare Administration & Planning equips students in conceptualizing the changing world of health care delivery and management. This certificate consists of six 3-credit courses, for a total of 18 credits:

  • PADM 6130 Research Methods (Fall)
  • PADM 6550 Epidemiology (Fall)
  • PADM 6210 Seminar in Public Administration (Spring)
  • PADM 6110 Statistics for Public Administrators (Spring)
  • PADM 6190 Financial Management for Health and Nonprofit Organizations (Summer)
  • PADM 6515 Health Organizations and Delivery Systems (Summer)

Courses are offered fully online, which helps meet our students' needs as working adults. You can start the certificate in spring, summer, or fall. You can earn this certificate as a stand-alone credential or in combination with the MPA or PhD. This certificate can also be used for our Graduate Certificate Bridge Admission to the MPA, where a student has an undergraduate GPA between 2.5 and 2.69 from an accredited college or university, begins in one of our four graduate certificate programs, completes the selected graduate certificate program with a GPA of 3.0 or higher, and then transitions to our MPA degree program.

Seek advising before registration every semester to make sound course choices (Contact your advisor). Complete your program of study with your advisor as soon as you finish your first semester. Students who want to pursue this certificate along with either the MPA or PhD should seek advising before choosing electives to minimize chances of having to take an extra course while satisfying each set of requirements. 


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What thresholds must I meet to be eligible for admission?

  • No standardized exams or tests are needed for admission to this graduate certificate program.
  • Applicants with a GPA above 2.5 from an accredited college or university are eligible for admission. Please note that official transcripts must be submitted via the GradCAS application system (instructions).
    • Students who complete the graduate certificate with a 3.0 GPA or higher earn admission to the MPA program.
  • Applicants with a GPA of 2.7 or higher from an accredited college or university are eligible for admission to our fully online MPA program, and will be able to earn the graduate certificate alongside the MPA.
  • In addition to submitting official transcripts, applicants must submit a current resume or CV and pay the $35 application fee.

How do I apply?

What classes should I take?  What forms must I complete along the way?

How do I get ready to complete my program?


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